Durban set for more direct flights

2013-07-01 12:05
Durban - KwaZulu-Natal could become the country’s alternative primary gateway, if the direct travel flight routes between Durban and Harare are anything to go by.

IOL reports that Durban’s King Shaka International Airport is looking to capitalise on tourism and business markets that lie a few hours’ flight away.

“Our intention is to foster warm relations amongst key role-players and drivers of, particularly, trade and tourism in the marketplaces of both South Africa and Zimbabwe, and unlocking the potential of this African market as we work to create new investment, business and tourism opportunities and partnerships between us,” Economic Development and Tourism MEC Michael Mabuyakhulu said at an official SA Express launch.

The Durban to Harare route was introduced in November 2012 and return flights  have achieved 72% capacity. In addition to this, SA Express has been operating a direct route from Durban to Lusaka in Zambia since July 2012.

Over the next three years the airline, together with Dube Tradeport, aims to unlock key markets in those countries. Saxen van Coller, Dube TradePort Corporation’s chief executive officer said, “We are working to significantly increase direct regional and international air services to and from Durban in an effort to transform this region into South Africa’s primary alternative gateway.

“We have developed a five-year strategy designed to identify and attract a growing number of carriers to utilise Durban’s King Shaka International Airport”.

Durban’s location makes it ideal for international travel that is only a few hours away.

Tourism KZN chief executive Ndabo Khoza, said: “Based on global travel trends, some 80 percent of inbound travellers emanate from regions within a four-hour flying radius and we have accordingly identified a need to actively address access to and by markets in the important SADC countries around South Africa.

“We recognise that KZN has a unique offering for the benefit of such markets. We intend to sell the beach experience, creating a platform for the benefit of new African tourists to Durban and KZN.”
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